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[snoh-hwahyt, -wahyt] /ˈsnoʊˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt/
white as snow.
Origin of snow-white
before 1000; Middle English; Old English snāwhwīt Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He shook it hard with his little bill; when down fell a shower of seeds, and there was dinner all ready on a snow-white cloth.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • Purple was on the mountains, and all in the valley lay the snow-white mist.

  • In the winter snow-white lighted the fire, and put the kettle on, after scouring it, so that it resembled gold in brightness.

    Golden Grain Various
  • Yes, a common Rabbit all right, but it was a snow-white one.

    Wild Animals at Home Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Ann, interpretative, dressed her in snow-white tulle with here and there a glint of silver.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • These are not as good as your grandmother's snow-white eggs.

  • But now the fierce Lucagus approached in a chariot drawn by two snow-white coursers.

  • The base of this wall was lost in snow-white billows of spray and mist.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • One of the women was distinctly handsome, with noble features closely framed by a snow-white kerchief.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for snow-white


white as snow
pure as white snow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snow-white

Old English snawhwit, from snow (n.) + white (adj.). Cf. Dutch sneeuwwit, Middle Low German snewhit, German schneeweiss, Old Norse snæhvitr, Swedish snöhvit, Danish snehvid. The fairy tale is so-called from 1885, translating German Schneewittchen in Grimm; the German name used in English by 1858.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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